FRAMINGHAM – On February 2, 1999, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court approved the establishment of the MetroWest Community Health Care Foundation – the first private hospital conversion foundation in Massachusetts. Two days later, the foundation was incorporated.
Thursday night, the Foundation celebrated its 20th anniversary at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Natick.
Senate President Karen Spilka spoke at the 20th annual dinner event.
The Foundation has been led by Martin Cohen, who has been the only CEO, since its founding. Cohen also received a citation from the 11-member Framingham City Council, presented at by at-large City Councilor Cheryl Tully Stoll.
Since its founding 2 decades ago, the Foundation has awarded $57 million in grants dedicated to improving health and health care in the region.
And the Foundation, has awarded almost $2 million in scholarship support to more than 1,000 students pursuing degrees in medicine, nursing and the allied health professions helping.
Investments of the communities served have amounted to over $59,343,402, wrote the Framingham City Council in citation to the Foundation.
“Over $3 million has been provided in direct support to the City of Framingham through grants to the Framingham Health Department, Framingham Police Department, Framingham Public Library, Callahan Center, Framingham Parks & Recreation Department and the Framingham Public Schools,” wrote the City Council in its citation.
“The Foundation has been the sponsor of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey taken by regional middle and high school students for over a decade that has provided insightful fact based data for our school departments, public health departments, parents and caregivers of youth risk behavior trends,’ added the City Council.
“The Foundation has served as convener of hundreds of individuals and groups and has lead, and assisted in, productive collaborations between leading community organizations,” wrote the City Council.
The Foundation has been the lead funder to bring many new programs and services to the region, including:
The Tempo Young Adult Resource Center (Wayside)
A model Jail Diversion Program with Advocates
The Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center
A Medical-Legal Partnership with MetroWest Legal Services
Successful gun buyback programs (Framingham Police Dept. & Middlesex County Sherriff’s Office)
An important Mental Health Transition Program for the Framingham Public Schools
A Naloxone Distribution program for opioid overdoses with the Framingham Health Department as well as supporting multiple substance abuse programs in the region
“We, the City Council of the City of Framingham do hereby congratulate and honor the MetroWest Health Foundation on its 20-year impact in the region and in Framingham. We look forward to continued success in partnership with the Foundation as we work toward improving health outcomes in the MetroWest area,” wrote the Council in its March 5 citation.
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